The first cars did not seatbelts nor did they have airbags. They had neither rear-view cameras nor automatic emergency braking systems. These innovations show how far automobile safety has come over the years. The next innovation may be cars that talk to each other through wireless signals. This technology is known as vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology (V2V).
According to a February 3, 2014 NPR article, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSTA) are working on V2V technology. In fact, the DOT just completed a 3,000-car, 1-year study of this technology in Michigan. While they are still analyzing the results, a preliminary analysis finds that this type of technology may prevent up to 70 or even 80 percent of car crashes (provided that the driver is unimpaired). That figure sounds amazing and may even become a reality.
Just as the government rolls out safety feature requirements for new automobiles, the DOT and NHSTA may one day require that all new cars contain operable V2V technology. That sounds like it may be difficult to coordinate among manufacturers and vehicle models, but it has the potential to prevent and mitigate many accidents, so it may be worth the cost.
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